AMOS 2:6 - 3:8

6  Thus said יהוה, "For three transgressions of Yisra'ĕl, and for four, I do not turn it back, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals,

7  who crush the head of the poor ones in the dust of the earth, and turn aside the way of the meek. And a man and his father go in to the same girl, to defile My qodesh Name.

8  "And they lie down by every altar on garments taken in pledge, and in the house of their mighty one they drink the wine of those who have been fined.

9  "Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars. And he was as strong as the oaks, yet I destroyed his fruit from above and his roots from beneath.

10  "And I brought you up from the land of Mitsrayim, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.

11  "And I raised up some of your sons as neḇi'im, and some of your young men as Nazirites. Not so? O you children of Yisra'ĕl?" declares יהוה.

12  "But you made the Nazirites drink wine, and commanded the neḇi'im saying, ‘Do not naḇa!'

13  "See, I am weighed down by you, as a wagon is weighed down when filled with sheaves.

14  "And a place to flee shall perish from the swift, and the strong not strengthen his power, and the mighty not save his life,

15  and he who handles the bow not stand, and the swift of foot not save, nor he who rides a horse save his life,

16  and the bravest among the mighty flee naked, in that day," declares יהוה.

Amos 3

1  Hear this word that יהוה has spoken against you, O children of Yisra'ĕl, against the entire clan which I brought up from the land of Mitsrayim, saying,

2  "You alone have I known of all the clans of the earth, therefore I punish you for all your wickednesses."

3  Would two walk together, without having met?

4  Does a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion give forth his voice out of his den unless he has caught?

5  Does a bird fall into a snare on the earth, where there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the earth, if it has not captured prey?

6  If a ram's horn is blown in a city, do the people not tremble? If there is calamity in a city, shall not יהוה have done it?

7  For the Master יהוה does no matter unless He reveals His secret to His servants the neḇi'im.

8  A lion has roared! Who is not afraid? The Master יהוה has spoken! Who would not naḇa?